BUINICKAS, ALEXANDER M., of Odenton died peacefully at home on January 13, 2013 following an extended illness. Al or "Mr. B" as he was fondly known, lived a life exemplified by his favorite Robert Frost poem, "The Road Not Taken." The less traveled road he took in life made all the difference to him, his family, and those whose lives he touched. Born to Lithuanian immigrants, Michael and Mary (Cikanauicus) Buinickas on March 3, 1926, Al encountered hardship at an early age when he worked as a paper boy to assist his parents financially. Following graduation from Northampton High School in Massachusetts and a brief stint in the Massachusetts State Militia, Al enlisted in the US Army
Air Corps in 1944. Al's military career brought him to the four corners of the earth serving in Mog Mog, Japan, Greenland, and Germany with wartime efforts including participation in World War II
and the Korean conflict
. While Air Force Intelligence was Al's area of expertise, he was fluent in Russian, Lithuanian, Polish, Japanese, and German. Accomplishments in the military included becoming one of the first hundred servicemen to earn the rank of Air Force Chief Master Sergeant and graduation from the University of Maryland with a degree in Political Science. Following retirement from the Air Force, Al worked at Ft Belvoir then transferred to the Pentagon where he worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a Budget Analyst. While at the Pentagon, Al attended War College. Civil service duty ended with retirement in 1992 at which time Al continued his extensive community involvement. Al's commitment to traveling the road less traveled continued where, as a staunch supporter of the community and volunteerism, he maintained his support of the Boy Scouts of America, an organization dear to his heart, in which he had been a scoutmaster for 20 years. Further community support included being a member of the Odenton Kiwanis Club, Meals on Wheels Volunteer, USO volunteer, guest reader in Anne Arundel and Calvert county schools, and Key Club sponsor where he was instrumental in the start-up of the Meade High School Key Club. Rounding out Al's involvement was membership in VFW
Post 5172, American Legion Post 0276, Masonic Lodge 209, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Palestine Commandery No 7, Bonnie Blink Daylight # 001, York Rite College No 58,Royal Arch Masons (Baltimore Chapter No 40, Mt Vernon Chapter No 25, Concordia Royal Arch Chapter No 1), and Harmony Council No 20. Al's commitment and dedication to his community garnered him status as a finalist for both the Anne Arundel County's Most Beautiful Person Award and Volunteer of the Year. The adage, "A rolling stone gathers no moss," could have been written about Al. Dedication and love for family was at the core of Al's rich life. He married the love of his life, Jessica, and shared 65 joy-filled years with her. Fatherhood further enriched his life with the births of five children Mike, Marge, Barb, Bill, and John. Unfortunately, Al's sons, John (as an infant) and Mike, predeceased him. Grand fatherhood followed with the births of eight grandchildren, Christy, John, Alex, Justin, Jessie, Jason, Marissa, and Michelle and seven great-grandchildren, Ian, Nicholas, Grace, Christopher, Alex, Madelyn, and Layla. Al's in-law children, John, Norm, and Lori were loved as his own. Family and friends shared in a celebration of Al's life at Hardesty Funeral Home in Gambrills, MD on January 19 by paying last respects and honoring his many achievements. Burial with full military honors was held at Arlington National Cemetery on February 11, 2013.